Oddisee – Belong to the World

We’re just a few weeks away from the release of Oddisee’s new album The Good Fight and he’s just dropped another single to keep the excitement rolling. Belong to World is about trying to find your place on this planet, and while the beat – which sounds like a flip of Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight – is of the quality we expect from Oddisee, it’s the lyrics that stand out most on this track. The album drops on May 5. Pre-orders are available now from iTunes

Oddisee – Belong To The World

Hiatus Kaiyote – Shaolin Monk Motherfunk

The release date for Hiatus Kaiyote’s new album Choose Your Weapon is creeping closer and closer which is a very good thing. From what I’ve heard so far it’s going to be a big contender for my favourite release this year. I’ve been lucky enough to hear the latest song Shaolin Monk Motherfunk live a few times and the studio version sounds just as sweet. I’ve raved enough about these guys in previous posts so I’ll leave it at that for now. We’ll have more for you closer to the release of the album next month.

Hiatus Kaiyote – Shaolin Monk Motherfunk

Cy Gorman – Carmen

We’d like to introduce you to Cy Gorman, another talented musician to add to the ever growing list of talent coming out of Melbourne. The producer, pianist, saxophonist and vocalist is about to release Carmen, a new album through fellow Melbournian Ennio Styles’ label Heard and Felt.

With a mix of experimental jazz, 8-bit beats and latin influenced tracks, it’s hard to pigeonhole Carmen into one genre of music. Two tracks I’m really feeling off the album are Cool Change, a synth-heavy feel good tune that reminds me a little of 70’s Brazilian jazz funk band Azymuth, and Daniel Crawford’s outstanding remix of RDJ. Check both tunes below and pre-order your copy from Bandcamp before the April 13 release.

Cy Gorman – Cool Change

Cy Gorman – RDJ (Daniel Crawford Remix)

Flako – Natureboy

I’ve been following Flako’s music for a while now, from his early experimental hip hop beats to his incredible work with Fatima and his alter ego Dirg Gerner, and it’s been a pleasure to see him develop as an artist.

His latest release, Natureboy is a journey filled with hypnotic and fascinating sounds, with a mix of mellow, ambient soundscapes along with a few straight head-nodders and is unlike anything we’ve heard before from Flako. The album is out now through Five Easy Pieces. Do yourself a favour and head to their Bandcamp page to hear more.

Flako – Spice Melange

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to Kendrick Lamar until now. I liked a couple of tracks that I heard him on but for the most part I just wasn’t feeling his music at all. His new album To Pimp a Butterfly however is a slightly different story.

This is an album filled with quality hip hop, funk, jazz, soul and everything in between and perhaps most importantly, it sounds original and fresh. On top of that, there’s a whole heap of incredible artists helping out including George Clinton, Thundercat, Bilal, Anna Wise, Snoop Dogg, James Fauntleroy, Ronald Isley, Rapsody, Terrace Martin, Flying Lotus, Taz Arnold and more.

The album is out now a week ahead of schedule. Cop it on iTunes.

Institutionalized feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg

Complexion (A Zulu Love) feat. Rapsody

Oddisee – That’s Love

Oddisee has been one of our favourite cats in hip hop for a long time now so we’re pretty happy to hear he has a new album on the way soon. According to Oddisee the album, titled The Good Fight “is about living fully as a musician without succumbing to the traps of hedonism, avarice, and materialism. It’s about not selling out and shilling for a paycheck, while still being aware that this is a business requiring compromise and collaboration”.

The first single That’s Love is an upbeat joint that sees Odd spitting a million words a minute over a soulful organ-filled track. Stream it below and get reading for the new album coming May 5.

Tuxedo – The Album

It’s been two years since Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne anonymously released their 3-track Tuxedo EP but it still gets played regularly around here. Now they have a full length album for us and it’s full of that same boogie and funk goodness that’s had us dancing to the EP since 2013. This is a party album full of infectious grooves sweetened by Mayer Hawthorne’s smooth vocals and we suggest you head to Stones Throw to check it out.

Tuxedo – Watch the Dance

Hiatus Kaiyote – Underwater

After living in the same city as Hiatus Kaiyote for the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to catch them live a number of times and have seen them grow into the musical force they are today. These guys just get better and better and are one of the most exciting and innovative bands on the planet in my opinion.

At the end of last year they gave us the excellent By Fire EP and now we have the new single Underwater from their upcoming album Choose Your Weapon due out on May 5. I could go on about how great these guys are but chances are you already know. If not, it’s time to get on board!

Columbia Nights – My Groove feat. SassyBlack

It’s been a while since we last heard from Washington D.C. based production crew Columbia Nights but good things take time I guess. The trio recently released this little gem My Groove featuring vocals from SassyBlack of THEESatisfaction. Loving the bass and percussion on this one and just about everything else for that matter.

Now these guys will have a full length album for us some time this year but they need a little help to get it pressed on vinyl so they’re running a Kickstarter campaign. Head there to help this talented crew out and make sure you pick up a free download of My Groove in the meantime from their Soundcloud page.

Columbia Nights – My Groove (feat. SassyBlack)

KaeYae Alo – Thoughts

The good people at Beats for Change have put out another release to help bring good to the world. Thoughts is a single from a Canadian singer that was previously unknown to us called KaeYae Alo, with the production being handled by the founders of Beats for Change aka Stone Detectives.

All funds raised from the single will go directly to people in developing countries that are looking to raise money to grow or start a business. Help give these people a chance at a brighter future by supporting this release today!

KaeYae Alo – Thoughts